Due to COVID-19 some of our regular programs and services may be on hold temporarily. Our pools will be reopening on August 10. Stay up to date on what is currently available within your YMCA and H2O centres on our COVID-19 Updates page

What distinguishes us?

The Y’s approach to child care is unique. We believe that ensuring a sound basis for healthy child development and success begins with play, and our child care programs give children exactly that — space to run, dance, jump and explore.

As western Canada’s largest licensed child care provider, the YMCA has been building and operating high-quality child care spaces for decades. Our child care centres aim to incorporate healthy activity and always make the outdoors accessible. YMCA playscapes act as an extension of the classroom, whereby children explore the outdoors to learn science, math, literacy and art, connect with nature and improve their health and wellness in the process.

Every program provides children the opportunity to be active, make friends, have fun and develop confidence.

Furthermore, the health and safety of kids in our care is our top priority. All staff are trained in YMCA Child Protection standards that far surpass licensing regulations.

And finally, what makes the Y truly stand out is that we are a charity that believes financial circumstances shouldn't stand in the way of receiving quality care for your child. As a charity, the YMCA of Okanagan has always provided financial assistance to those in need. In addition, with new government supports in place, child care is becoming more affordable. Learn more